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Full boarding solution in Tavira island (Portugal)

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Full boarding solution in Tavira island (Portugal)

Tavira Island Tourist Pier

Tavira is a fishing and touristic municipality in the south of Portugal, in the Algarve province, which is known for its many small churches and chapels as well as for the beautiful and still empty beaches with endless sands extensions, most of which are in a small island only accessible by water.

To enable controlled and sustainable access from mainland, ferry boats navigate the river Gilão to allow for tourists, fishermen and service providers to cross to the island. On both embankments of the river, in the centre of town and in the island, infrastructures were developed and built in 2019 and 2020 for safer passage of tourists, goods, services and both fishing and touristic activities. Both constructions comprise a shore based building and floating pontoons for the embarking, disembarking and temporary berthing. Lindley was chosen by the local authorities to design, fabricate, supply and install pontoons, access bridges and piles.

On the island side, Lindley completed three piers, with different widths and freeboards, for water taxis, ferry boats and private yachts to be able to access the island. This infrastructure was built using heavy duty concrete pontoons with timber decking moored on piles. The outer pontoon, 40m long, 5m wide and with an unladen freeboard of 1,1m enabled easy berthing and operation for the ferries. The two inner pontoons, each 20m long, 3m wide and bearing an unladen freeboard of 0,6m enabled private yachts, small water taxis, service boats and fishing vessels to access comfortably the island. The standard recommended electrical and water services, as well as the required safety equipment, were also supplied. Separate gangways of 20x2m were installed to allow for alternate circulation.

Tavira Town Centre Pier

On the Tavira side, a 260m long floating infrastructure has been installed on the Gilão river alongside the town centre pier to improve the safety and comfort for mooring of maritimetourist and fishing boats. Lindley was awarded a contract by the public entity Docapesca for the design, fabrication, supply and installation of a complete turnkey solution comprising pontoons, mooring, access and services. Sixteen concrete floating pontoons, each 12m or 15m long, 3m wide sections are divided in four different areas, destinated to ferry boats, private touristic operators, fishing activities, coast guard and a small fuel station. A bridgehead with two separate gangways enabled different access and operation. In the case of the touristic piers, handrails were also installed on the shore side to protect users from falling to the water. Pontoons are moored by vertical beams anchored to the jetty wall. Thus, Lindley completed a full boarding solution in Tavira island.

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